I think as a Christian my call is to 'stand my ground' by seeking to follow Christ and respond to violence in a non-retaliatory way.

Holding my ground means sticking to my principles in the face of fear, fights and fanaticism in whatever form it emerges.

Standing my ground as a Christian

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“Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness,” Ephesians 6:14.

I think as a Christian my call is to 'stand my ground' by seeking to follow Christ and respond to violence in a non-retaliatory way.

Holding my ground means sticking to my principles in the face of fear, fights and fanaticism in whatever form it emerges.

I believe people should be able to defend themselves and the laws should protect that right without providing unaccountable consequences for abusing that right.

I'm inspired by the time MLK Jr. was hit in the face by a violent, racist youth and said,“The system that we live under creates people such as this youth. I am not interested in pressing charges. I’m interested in changing the kind of system that produces this kind of man.”

In the end I think who you are on the inside, determines what you do outside. Let's work for commonsense laws that reflect a healthy and just community not a fearful and aggressive one.

About Eric Blauer

I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.

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